Working in a creative environment where there needs to be a constant flow of new ideas and strategies, I sometimes hit a wall. Like writer’s block, my ideas sometimes just fall flat. How can I get this client more leads, how can my ad’s click through rate improve? What can we do to increase user engagement? There are countless ways to get inspired or boost creativity, but a few months ago, our designer/creative genius Melissa Garcia (@justmeli) supplied us with the ultimate list of ways to do just that.
- Draw. Doodle. You don’t need to be an artist
- Ask “what if” questions
- Go beyond the first right answer
- Learn and use mind mapping
- Listen to music
- Engage in something/anything artistic; painting, drawing, composing, crafting
- Keep an idea bank. Using index cards, anytime you have an idea write it down. Save it in a box and when you’re stuck go back and look at these. You’re sure to get inspired.
- Solve logic puzzles
- Catch up with your RSS feeds. It’s always good to get inspired by the world around you. So many people are doing insanely awesome things
- Surround yourself with creative people. People inspire people. Tap into this energy.
- Eat at different restaurants. Try something new and different instead of choosing the same meal.
- Take a different route home
- Find a new jogging path
- Learn a different way to get somewhere or do something you have never done before
- Brainstorm (should be on every list like this)
- Read the classics
- Change your style – Try wearing something you wouldn’t think you could wear
- Collect quotes from people who inspire you
- Unleash your inner child
- Develop comparative tasting. Learn to taste wine, cheese, chocolate, beer or anything that floats your boat for that matter the correct way.
- Think positive
- TURN OFF THE TV AND GET AWAY FROM TECH
Like I mentioned, there are so many lists like this to help boost creativity. One search on Google (or Bing if you’re a sucker for their current TV campaign) and you’re bound to get inspired. The thing I like the most about this list though, is that it includes things that can be done outside the office. For me, truly boosting creativity or getting inspired involves trying things in all aspects of my life.
I’ve got this awesome list printed out and pinned to the board to look at every day and it never fails me in a time of need. Do you have a list of things that helps you get out of your creative rut and get inspired? Let @forthea hear about it!